After a new policy mandating Canadians take an airport COVID test to determine whether they will have to undergo quarantine at a government facility was introduced yesterday, a viral video clip shows a man refusing to take the test before being issued with a fine.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlined the details of the new policy in a tweet yesterday afternoon.
“Update: If you’re flying back into Canada, you’ll need to show a negative PCR test result before you board the plane – and as of today, you’ll need to take another PCR test when you land. You’ll then have to wait at an approved hotel, at your own expense, for your test results,” Trudeau tweeted.
Update: If you’re flying back into Canada, you’ll need to show a negative PCR test result before you board the plane – and as of today, you’ll need to take another PCR test when you land. You’ll then have to wait at an approved hotel, at your own expense, for your test results.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 22, 2021
Under the rule, if the test is negative, Canadians are still forced to quarantine in their own homes, a policy that will be “enforced” according to Trudeau.
Those who test positive for COVID-19 are forced to quarantine in “designated government facilities” for 14 days. Another PCR test is then required towards the end of the quarantine.
However, a video clip posted to Instagram by Chris Sky shows him arriving at an airport in Canada and refusing to take the test. The video has received over 500,000 views.
“Got my bags, we’re gonna go outside and refuse their stupid test and tell everybody to refuse their stupid test,” says Sky in the clip.
The video shows Sky being asked why he is not wearing a mask before he explains to officials that the COVID test is a “violation of our charter rights section 6 and a violation of the Emergency Act 14.1 – so I’m going to be declining your test today.”
Sky then tells the other people in the queue to deny the test if they are Canadian citizens, claiming “they cannot stop you, they cannot force you, you are a citizen,